This application provides a standard method for railroads without Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) capabilities to send and receive EDI 161 and EDI 824 train sheet messages and EDI 418J consist messages via a graphical user interface. This ensures that all PTC railroad partners can exchange important information with each other.
EDI 161 is known as a “Train Sheet,” which informs the receiver that a train will be travelling on their track at a certain time. EDI 824 is the acceptance or rejection of the EDI 161 message.
EDI 418J contains consist information (information that describes the make-up of the train) that is shared between a tenant and a host railroad. This information may be useful in an emergency.
In PTC ITS, the railroad whose locomotive is traversing on tracks owned by another railroad is referred to as the “tenant.” The railroad that owns the tracks being traversed is referred to as the “host.” Tenant railroads initiate an EDI 161 Scheduled Departure Date (SDD) message to start a trip and can send subsequent EDI 161 updates throughout the trip. Host railroads send an EDI 824 acceptance or rejection message and subsequent updates to the EDI 161 within trackage. Host and tenant railroads can also view and submit EDI 418J consist messages.